Top 3 Art Communities?



  • Hello Everyone,

    Wanted to see if you awesome forum members frequent any other Online Art Communities.

    I've heard a lot about DeviantArt but don't know how to use it much. These SVS Learn forums have been pretty easy to use and the members here are really helpful.

    Wondering what your Top 3 (besides forum.svslearn.com) art communities are and maybe what you like about them.



  • Way back when I studied 3D animation I used to frequent the forums on cgtalk.com. It's where I became a fan of Bobby Chu. It's not really for childrens book illustration IMO but you may find it interesting. (More video games and movies) I've used Deviant in the past still have an account but don't use it much.

    You might also try the SCBWI forums as well. A few years ago I used to post illustrations there for feed back. You just need to be a member.



  • I should try to use one. Svs is my first and only at the moment.



  • @Naroth-Kean you mean an SCBWI forum?



  • @Katrina-Fowler What was the best thing of being an SCBWI member?



  • @carlossketches my wife and I met on Wet Canvas when they only had about 30,000 members in 2003. We met as moderators in the private forums there, she was the lead for sculpture and textiles, I was the lead for drawing and watercolors. The community is now OVER 100,000 strong, and divided by genre and medium. It's a great place for beginners but the involvement depends on the " project " going on at the time. I was the creator of the Friday Night Drawing Event, which has morphed into the Weekly Drawing Event, and run by individual members I suppose as we had by volunteering.

    Basically the event host puts up a bunch of images under a theme, and you have I believe an allotted time to choose one, use any medium you prefer and post it for discussion, while you are asked to post on other artists work... we also had a chat associated with it when I ran it, which is where I met my wife... 12 years married this coming Saturday!

    Deviant Art's Forum has sections for projects, genre and styles, as well as a monthly contest. Of course there is always a Xmas themed one for prizes held by various groups, there's also a Holiday Card Project where all those that enter get a free month of premium content.

    Art communities as a whole online are based on the medium you want to specialize in, or a genre you enjoy... for those who like to see highly professional work, there is Behance, not really a community, but you can see WIPS in dozens of styles, programs, globally...

    I was gonna mention ConceptArt.org... but the site is ALWAYS down, and from reviews I've read online tonight, the quality and community has been going down hill since 2010. Suffice to say this place used to offer daily critiques in a variety of mediums and styles. Unfortunately it isn't working half the time you try to log in.

    Anyway, you said 3, so there ya go... just kidding, here have a look at THIS...



  • What's SCBWI?



  • @amberwingart It stands for Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: http://www.scbwi.org